App Reviewamendation: Safe In Cloud
This was originally going to be a review, but it ended up sounding like a recommendation. So. There’s that. Like the title? No? Damn.
…anyways, back in June of this year I wrote about password security, and how one might protect oneself from account compromises. Today, I’ve edited that post to include another great app for Android that helps further that cause, and it goes by the name Safe In Cloud. Do note however, that this app can be used for storing much more than passwords. You can store information about your car like what size tires it uses, insurance information, WiFi logins, or anything else you need to remember. It’s great for keeping all of your “need to knows” in one neat little place.
To get a sense of where I’m coming from, allow me to share some back story. I used just about every password app on the Android market, and most of them are flawed in one way or another (ugly and dysfunctional user experiences were the heart of the problem for the vast majority). The last one I used was mSecure, and I used it for a very long time until I became fed up with the user experience and started to worry about backing up my passwords in the event of getting a new phone, since I read some stories involving the problems people had with importing their backup file. It seemed that the only solution would be to sync it with the desktop app on the computer. Well, turns out the price tag for the desktop app was $19.99. The app itself costs $4.99 (though I bought it for $0.99 during a sale), so together that’s $25. Now, I don’t know about you, but charging a customer for an app and then expecting them to pay an even higher price to receive what I consider to be required functionality, is ludicrous. I mean $4.99 is impulse territory, but $19.99 for what many could assume would come bundled with the app (especially due to some relatively tricky wording in the apps description at the time)? Unacceptable. So I went looking around for a new app, to see if there was something better before throwing more money at mSecure.
The rest is history; I found Safe In Cloud, and I definitely appreciate the pricing route that the developer took with it. It makes it easy to recommend this app’s $1.99 price tag. Not just that, but the 100% functional desktop beta bears the ever-extravagant price of FREE. Note that I am unaware of the developers pricing intentions with regards to the desktop version upon full release, but if it’s $4.99 or less (or remains free), then I’ll be more than happy to pay the price to use it. I’m not cheap, and I realize that neither $1.99 nor $4.99 is a whole lot of money, but I am a firm believer that if you build a great app and people recommend it enough, then the sheer number of users will make up the difference. This is me doing my part, and I don’t like to recommend crap, so don’t take that lightly! Hopefully, if the developer decides to monetize the app a bit more, maybe he might consider doing something that wouldn’t impact normal users, such as–for example–a fee for early beta access, or additional icons (more on that below, it’s a customization option). All I know is that I hope the path taken is not one aimed at screwing users, as I feel strongly about what I believe to be ethical or at least moral (which explains 90% of my dislike for Apple! The way they choose to operate and the manner in which they conduct themselves… you can be a profitable business without abusing people financially).
Quit with the rambling and get on with it!
Alright, alright. Let’s get back to what makes Safe In Cloud the best password app around.
“This is by far the most functional, frequently updated, loaded with features, most visually pleasing and easy to use password app of them all–and I’ve tried a LOT.”
That quote is from none other than yours truly and it represents this review in a nutshell, but allow me to break that down and elaborate on it just a bit.
Safe In Cloud does its job and it does it well. It uses 256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption for storing your passwords.
What does a bank, the U.S. Government, and the Military all have in common? 256-bit AES Encryption.
Frequently Updated & Loaded with Features
Updates come frequently (at least once or twice a month) that add new features or improve on existing ones. One such update was adding cards akin to Google Now, and another added in the fly-in feature I mention in the box below.
Organize your passwords with labels and assign them an icon and/or a color of your choosing (see screenshots at end of post). When a developer is fully behind their app, it shows! This app trounces the competition despite being out for far less time.
Visually Pleasing & Easy to Use
Uses official Android design guidelines to provide a pleasing user interface (includes a separate UI for tablets) and an easily understood user experience. Swiping in from the left (like in the YouTube app) reveals a fly-in menu full of your own personal labels which serve as categories for your personal information, making it really quick and simple to get what you need.
Synchronizes via the cloud service of your choice (Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Skydrive) in order to backup your data and keep it up to date wherever you are. Get a new phone? Download the app, and just import from the cloud and you’re ready to go! Want to use it on your desktop? Same thing. Just follow the instructions and you’re good to go in less than a minute. The best thing about the desktop app is that it looks and works just like the Android app so you don’t have to learn anything new to use it.
What app do you use? What’s your favorite? Disagree with something I said? Sound off in the comments below!